ALBANY Federal officials are questioning New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use $511 million in loans from a clean water fund to help finance the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
In a letter to the state dated Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency said it is carefully reviewing the proposal, which it called "unconventional." The agency says it wants to ensure it is appropriate to use the funds for the $3.9 billion bridge project, and urged state officials to allow public scrutiny of the proposal.
Environmental advocates say the plan would be an improper use of vital environmental funds.
The state's Environmental Facilities Corp. is set to consider Cuomo's plan on Thursday.
Cuomo says the loans will fund measures associated with the new bridge to protect the Hudson River and marine life.